UA esports director named director of the year


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Nathan Meeker ’04, director of esports at The University of Akron (UA), was honored with the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) Director of the Year award at the 2024 NAECAD National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. This award, nominated by peers within the esports community, recognizes Meeker's outstanding contributions and leadership in collegiate esports. 

Meeker, who has been instrumental in developing the UA esports program since its inception in 2017, brings over 15 years of experience in higher education administration to the role. His background includes managing various academic programs both domestically and internationally before focusing on esports administration.

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Reflecting on the award, Meeker expressed gratitude for the recognition.

"Receiving this award not only validates the hard work of our entire esports program, but also highlights our position as a national leader in collegiate esports,” said Meeker. “It's a testament to the dedication and innovation of our team over the past seven years." 
Meeker earning the Director of the Year award is a testament to the program's growth and impact within the world of collegiate esports. UA’s esports program currently boasts over 2,000 participating students across varsity, club and recreational levels. 

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